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National High School Climate Summit Addresses Climate Change

By Andrew Noviello ‘23

On April 24, the National High School Climate Forum (NHSCF) hosted its second annual National Youth Climate Summit. The event was kicked off by pre-recorded opening remarks by Senator Cory Booker (R-N.J.), followed by presentations and question and answer sessions with Marcene Mitchell (senior vice president of climate change, World Wildlife Fund) and Robert Perkowitz (president/founder, ecoAmerica). Mitchell stressed the intersectionality of conservation and emissions reductions, while Perkowitz focused on the “people-side” of climate change, discussing his organization’s targeting of healthcare and faith-based groups through environmental awareness campaigns.

The speaker presentations were followed by a panel discussion, which included collegiate student environmental leaders at the University of Pennsylvania, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, and the University of California, Los Angeles. The students’ interests and initiatives ranged from incubating startup environmental companies to leading fellowship work. The perspectives of these undergrads helped to inform the high school students involved in the NHSCF about collegiate environmental work and were particularly valuable for seniors involved.

The Summit concluded with a student presentation about unique climate challenges faced in different parts of the United States: NHSCF high school delegates from California, Rhode Island, Alabama, and Ohio all presented unique climate topics of interest in their respective states. The Summit was a major success for the Forum, offering all who attended some interesting and nuanced perspectives about the fight against climate change.

Founded in the fall of 2020 by Alex and Andrew Noviello, two Lawrenceville Fourth Formers, the NHSCF is dedicated to fostering an exchange of ideas between high school student environmental leaders from across the country while educating students at its member schools on climate change and other environmental issues. More than 70 member schools are currently involved in the organization from roughly 30 states all around the U.S. To learn more about the forum, please visit nhsclimateforum.org/ or follow them on instagram at @nhsclimateforum.

For additional information, please contact Lisa M. Gillard, director of public relations, at lgillard@lawrenceville.org.